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Behind the Designs

English teacher Tracy Phillips began teaching at Mt. Eden in 2007 and worked hard to reenergize the theater arts program at Mt. Eden in 2013. Mt. Eden is known for its visual and performing arts programs, which is shown by the theater class. Advanced Theater  set up a gallery showcasing one of the many ways they incorporate these forms. The project is from the unit called Location-Location, focusing on staging, using space, and set design—all crucial parts to theater. Though this unit is revisited for Advanced Theater students “… each time they’ve told me, they are still learning something,” Phillips emphasized. As the unit progresses, students will design and build their own models from a list of locations and time periods. Below are some of the designs 2nd period Advanced Theater students worked to plan and create.

This gallery opened on January 25 with the projects displayed in J16. Phillips encourages students to stop by and check out the projects.

France late 1700s Strawberry Walton (12) (He/They), Star Chavez-Meza (12) (They/Them)
The early reign of terror during the French revolution, “exploring the rich and the poor perspectives.” (Layla Black)
Germany early 1800s
Silas Maldonado (10) (He/Him) & Natalia Ramirez, (10) (She/Her)
A tragic story of siblings stuck in the black forest of the Brothers Grimm. “…based on Hansel and Gretel, they’re siblings and in the forest on their own.”
(Layla Black)
Chicago, Illinois 1920s
Alice Dazo (11) (she/they) & Amelia Costales Downey (11) (she/her)
A snazzy speakeasy during the prohibition movement, “the 1920’s was a beautiful time for a lot of art like the Harlem Renaissance.”
(Layla Black)
Detroit, Michigan 1950
Aamira Fairley, (11) (she/her) & Grace Richardson (11) (she/her)
Sisters who have differing opinions on how they wish to live among “the racism and segregation of their time.”
(Layla Black)
Manchester, UK 1970s
John Salvador (12) (they/them) & Chris Morris (11) (she/him)
An underground concert hall which birthed the punk essence in England “resonating with the message of punk-rock, especially during an economic downfall.” (Layla Black)
Milan, Italy 1969 Jade Mendoza, (11) (she/her) & Keila Guerrido (11) (she/her)
A minimum wage factory where a worker decides to make a life for herself in a time of “riots, chaos, street violence, and business going on strikes.”
(Layla Black)


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Hey, I am Layla Black, a reporter and the Photo & Graphics Editor for The Monarch Times for the 2023-24 school year. This is my second year working for The Monarch Times, learning the beginnings of the journalism process, in a professional manner. I have lived in California for my entire life, moving several times within the Bay Area, now living in Hayward. I enjoy reading, photography, and sports.
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